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Old 08-18-2016, 09:36 PM
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I would love to build a motorized version of this (pictured bike).
However the drawback is, as I see it the acceleration and breaking are limited by the total weight of the rider + weight of the drive system. If you exceed that weight you will be rotating with the outer wheel.
So steep hills(without creeping) & fast stops would be impossable. Would be cool for shows & parades but other than that pretty much useless.

Any contrary input, as I would like to build one!
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:53 AM
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Russell, Be a good conversation piece and art at the least, and if you motorized it, one could garnish bad and very quick injuries to both yourself and pedestrians...if it worked.

Seriously though...The ingenuity, creativity to create new types of transportation back then always amazes me. Think of what it took back in 1901 to build a motorized bike from nothing including the engine using crude tools and machines and castings. No CAD, CNC or tig welders back then. Nothing but wow for the men that built their ideas in the early days of transportation. That spirit lives here on this forum. Build on...

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Old 08-19-2016, 06:14 AM
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I think it's really cool. No helpful input except that I saw one on YouTube with a Briggs 5hp.. I like the fact that it's like a roll cage. And front and rear crumple zones haha!

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http://www.mcleanmonocycle.com/5-hp-monocycle/
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I vote for the one with the airplane propeller!!


All kidding aside, if you could find an old Segway, you might be able to use the stability control to make it easier to not 'roll' within the outer loop...........
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They're called mono wheels or mono cycles....there's videos on YouTube etc. you realize if you spin a top fast enough...and that things pretty big ,so even more so...you won't be able to e erg enough to change it. An example...hold a front rim ant tire by the axle and spin...turning gets harder fast as you increase the speed.
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As I remember and i could be wrong the inventor of the McLean Wheel was injured pretty bad in a accident in that or a similar contraption. I vote for propeller and a winged monocycle. For that matter, a flying motorized bike sounds downright fun too, one china girl for propeller and one for proper and fast runway speed using the back wheel.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:25 PM
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Some good input, but no answers! Also wondering if a gyroscopic mechanisim could be incorperated to counter the acceleration/ breaking flaw?
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Some good input, but no answers! Also wondering if a gyroscopic mechanisim could be incorperated to counter the acceleration/ breaking flaw?
All that's needed is a small-wheeled outrigger in front to prohibit over-rotation during braking. I see no reason why a mechanism couldn't be incorporated which would extend such an outrigger based on chassis-angle.
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